Towards Preparing Educators for Multiliteracy. Tim McGee Director of Graduate Programs School of Design & Media Philadelphia University. The Abstract.
Director of Graduate Programs
School of Design & Media
The teaching of print literacy, traditionally understood as the ability to read and write texts made primarily out of words, was the responsibility of all teachers at the elementary level and the specialty of English, Language Arts, and Composition teachers in middle school, high school, and college. With the advent of digital computers and the multiliteracy demands they create, some teachers at every level find themselves ill-prepared to teach even the decoding of multimedia and multimodal texts, much less their encoding or production. Taking into consideration state standards, teacher education programs, and current theories of multiliteracy and multimodal discourse, this presentation suggests short and long term action plans to help prepare the teachers of today and tomorrow to meet the multiliteracy needs of their students.
From the FAQ Page of NJ DOE Website:
Q. Why were the Language Arts Literacy Core Curriculum Standards changed in 2004?
A. The driving force was the required testing in Language Arts each year in grades 3 through 8 by 2005-2006. As a result, the changes focused on developing individual grade-level Cumulative Progress Indicators (CPIs) for the 5 Language Arts Literacy Core Curriculum Content Standards at grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Previously, those grade-levels were clustered at grades (5 and 6) and at grades (7 and 8). http://www.state.nj.us/njded/aps/cccs/lal/faq.htm
Certain courses required for an English Secondary Education major must be taken during certain college years.
Sophomore Year (2 Units)
EFN 299 - Schools & Communities
SED 224 - Adolescent Learning and Development
Junior or Senior Year (2 Units)
EFN 398 - Historical & Political Contexts of Schools
EED 400 - Teaching Writing (preferably after the Junior Experience)
Junior Year (3 Units)
These three courses include a shared field experience and should be taken together
EED 390 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English
SED 399 - Pedagogy in Secondary Schools
SPE 323 - Secondary Content Literacy in Inclusive Classrooms
Senior Year (3 Units)
EED 490 -- Student Teaching (2 units)
SED 498 -- Collaborative Capstone Seminar
It is strongly recommended that the student not enroll in any additional courses during his or her student teaching seminar.
1 Health Requirement
You must meet the State of New Jersey health requirement in order to be certified in New Jersey. The requirement may be met in one of three ways.
HPE 160 (also fulfills a liberal learning behavioral, social, or cultural perspectives requirement)
BIO 141 (also fills the natural science requirement for liberal learning)
BIO 181 (also fills the natural science requirement for liberal learning)
Take the State of New Jersey health examination at a county Superintendent of Schools office
For more questions, please contact Emily Meixner, Director of the English Secondary Education Program or view the English T website.
During the final year of your program, you should arrange to take the PRAXIS/NTE test. The only test required for New Jersey secondary certification in English is "English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge." Pennsylvania certification requires the same subject area test, plus the PPST Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests as well as the "Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades 7-12."
Information and registration forms for the Praxis tests are available in the STEP office, 154 or 157 Forcina.
Apply for certification early in the semester of your graduation in the STEP office, 157 Forcina. Note that you cannot be certified until after you have graduated. If you "walk" in the May graduation ceremony but take any courses over the summer, you are considered an August graduate and cannot be certified until late August, which may prevent you from being hired in many school districts.
For further information on certification, contact Roberta Conjura in the STEP office, 771-2318.
Global Student Teaching
Kappa Delta Pi @ TCNJ
New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Teacher Institute
New Jersey Department of Education
National Council of Teachers of English
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Taking the PRAXIS Exam
Sigma Tau Delta @ TCNJ
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Definitions of Visual Literacy:
Working individually or in groups, suggest two specific actions that you, as a private citizen or as a professional, can do to help revise, reform, remodel, or repair the current situation that leaves many pre-service teachers ill-prepared to address the multiliteracy needs of secondary and post-secondary students.